Travel and Parking
The main campus of the University of Rhode Island is located in Kingston, Rhode Island, 30 miles south of Providence and 80 miles from Boston.
For more detailed directions to the URI campus, visit the University’s Maps and Directions page.
Air, Train and Bus Travel
- Train: Amtrak 800.872.7245. The Kingston railroad station is less than a mile from URI.
- Plane: T.F. Green International Airport, about 20 miles from URI, bus transportation and rental cars available.
- R.I. Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) 401.781.9400, 800.244.0444.
- Peter Pan Bus Lines 800.556.3815 connects Providence and Newport to many locations nationwide.
Venues for 2023 Commencement ceremonies include the Ryan Center, Keaney Gymnasium, and the URI Quadrangle.
General Parking is available in Plains Road Lot (Lot 25) for ceremonies being held at the Ryan Center.
General Parking is available in the Boss Lot (Lot 27) and Keaney Lot (Lot 26) for ceremonies being held at Keaney Gymnasium.
General Parking is available in the Fine Arts Lot (Lot 6 and 7) and Plains Road Lot (Lot 25). There is shuttle service in two locations:
- Pick up at Plains Road Lot and drop off area behind the Carothers Library.
- Pick up at Keaney Lot and drop off at Memorial Union
Food and Lodging
Refreshments will be available for purchase at The Ryan Center.
The URI Emporium, adjacent to the Quadrangle, has a number of restaurants and convenience stores that will be open throughout the day.
There will be water bottle filling stations available to guests attending Commencement ceremonies on Saturday. These stations, will be located around the Quad. Guests are encouraged to bring their own re-usable bottles.
Local Dining and Lodging
As South County is a tourism destination, we recommend that you make your lodging and dining reservations early. The following websites can assist your visit to Southern Rhode Island:
Here are some lodging options located throughout Rhode Island.
Crown Plaza Hotel & Holiday Inn Express, Warwick
Hampton Inn, Coventry
Hampton Inn, Warwick
Hilton Garden Inn, Warwick
Hyatt Place, Warwick
A portion of Commencement 2023 (May 19-21) coincides with the Jewish Sabbath/Shabbat (sundown on Friday to an hour after sundown on Saturday). Work and travel restrictions may apply to those who observe Shabbat.
Those whose level of observance necessitates having lodging within walking distance to graduation venues or who have other logistical needs due to Shabbat, are invited to call or email Amy Olson, Director of URI Hillel (401) 874-2740, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss their needs and how they might be accommodated. The University of Rhode Island will make every effort to make graduation accessible to all.
The University has a host of services available to ensure that all people enjoy Commencement to the fullest.
General Disability Assistance and Information
Venues for 2023 Commencement include the Ryan Center, Keaney Gymnasium, and the URI Quadrangle. All venues feature wheelchair-accessible guest entrances and accessible seating options. Preferred seating for persons with visual and hearing impairments is available upon request. Assistive listening devices and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter services are available upon request. Additional questions regarding accessibility requests can be directed to the Office of Disability, Access and Inclusion (401.874.2098 or email@example.com) or the Ryan Center (401-874-7267 or in-person at the Ryan Center Box Office). More information regarding the Ryan Center’s ADA accommodations can be found here.
All accessibility requests regarding the Class of 2023 in-person ceremonies can be completed through the Accommodation Request Form.
Only Certified Service Animals are permitted on campus during Commencement exercises. Pets and Emotional Support Animals are not allowed.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early to find appropriate seating for themselves and their families. All accessible seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Ryan Center
The center features accessible seating and companion seating at all levels. For large parties, every effort will be made to seat additional members of the party close to the accessible seating area. Should you have questions regarding your accessible seating please call 401-874-7267 to speak with a ticket representative.
Keaney Gymnasium features stadium seating. Individuals who cannot navigate the stairs or who have mobility needs will be directed to the Accessibility Requests/Disability Services table for assistance. The Accessibility Requests/Disability Services table is located in the southeast corner of the gymnasium or immediately to the left after passing through the main lobby.
All seating on the quad features cutouts that provide accessible seating options for guests who use mobility devices. Guests who require additional assistance should complete an accessibility request through the Accommodation Request Form. For questions and concerns during the event, guests can seek assistance at the Accessibility Requests/Disability Services table located by the drop-off location along East Hall Road (Lot 8).
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
- American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available at the Graduate School (5/19) and URI Main Commencement (5/20) ceremonies. Reserved seating will be provided for the person requiring the interpreter. For individual college ceremonies, ASL Interpreter services are available with advance request only.
- CART/Captioning will be available through the live stream of all ceremonies.
- Assistive Listening Devices are available at the Accessibility Requests/Disability Services table located at each venue entrance or drop-off location. To ensure that the devices are promptly returned, a major credit card or a driver’s license is required to use the devices.
Drop Off & Parking
The Ryan Center
Disability accessible parking is located on a first-come, first-served basis in the Ram Parking Lot (Lot 23) for those who have an ADA Parking Pass. Additional ADA parking is also available in the Plains Road Lot (Lot 25).
For those guests with limited mobility or using scooters or wheelchairs, a disability drop-off is available at the North Lobby entrance off Plains Road, however vehicles must be parked in the Plains Road Lot after dropping off guests.
Disability accessible parking is located on a first-come, first-served basis along Keane Road (near Lot 26) for those who have an ADA Parking Pass. Additional ADA parking is also available in the Keaney Lot (Lot 26).
For those guests with limited mobility or using scooters or wheelchairs, a disability drop-off is available along Keaney Road.
Disability accessible parking is located on a first-come, first-served basis along the many lots on Upper College Road (includes Lots 1,3,6,7 and 8) for those who have an ADA Parking Pass.
For those guests with limited mobility or using scooters or wheelchairs, a disability drop-off is available along East Hall Road (Lot 8).
Attendees requiring wheeled mobility aids are strongly encouraged to reserve necessary equipment through the many medical equipment rental companies in the local area. Wheelchairs, walkers and scooters may be rented from local vendors in the area that provide short term loans for a fee. Please contact individual vendors to confirm prices and availability. The University of Rhode Island provides this information as a service and is not responsible for vendor performance.
Mobility Equipment Recyclers of New England
6802 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Rents power wheelchair, manual wheelchairs and scooters
Alpha Surgical Inc.
1894 Smith Street
North Providence, RI
Rents manual wheelchairs only
Grad Gifts at the URI Campus Store
The URI Campus Store and RamZone will be open, offering a variety of Rhody merchandise available to purchase. Flower vendors will also be onsite as well. Specific store hours will be posted soon.
If you had a senior portrait taken, and ordered your yearbook when you made your senior portrait appointment you are all set. Yearbooks include pictures from Commencement and will be mailed in late fall to the address you provided when the book was ordered. For more information, contact the Renaissance yearbook staff at 401.874.5897 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To order a yearbook use this link. Please order your book no later than June 23, 2023.
Portraits & Announcements
Formal photographs taken during your ceremony may be ordered from Grad Images (800.424.3686). Personalized printed announcements are available from Jostens; please allow 4-8 weeks for printing.
Information on commemorative graduation rings is also available from the URI Campus Store. During graduation and other advertised dates, representatives from the ring company will be at the store to display ring samples and take orders. To order please email Bruce Rock at email@example.com.
Don’t forget to frame it! Diploma frames can be purchased through the Campus Store and online at ramszone.uri.edu.
For more information, call 401.874.2722, or visit the URI Campus Store.
Security screenings will be taking place at all entry points to URI ceremonies. Please be advised certain items are NOT PERMITTED, including but not limited to:
- alcoholic beverages
- bags, coolers, or backpacks larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″
- drones or remote control toys
- pets (please see the policy regarding Certified Service Animals here)
- selfie sticks (hand-held extension poles for cameras and mobile devices)
- strollers larger than 31″ long and 51″ wide
- tripod stands or monopod stands that cannot fit inside a standard backpack
- weapons of any kind or object that appear to be weapons (toy guns, toy blasters, squirt guns, etc.)
- wrapped gifts (all gifts must be able to be opened for inspection)
Smoking is not permitted.
Bag Check Policy
Personal items must remain with attendees at all times and attendees are encouraged to not bring bags and personal items to the ceremonies. All bags and persons are subject to random search upon entry and/or any other time during Commencement Weekend. Bags larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″ inches will not be permitted.
To expedite the security screening process, we encourage attendees to leave bags in their secured vehicles. Patrons with prohibited bags and articles will be turned away at the entrance and items will not be held for patrons, so please plan accordingly.
Attendees are reminded to keep possessions on their person at all times. Unattended packages and bags will be examined by security personnel and secured. Anyone who observes anything suspicious should immediately contact Campus Police at 401-874-2121.